"But they dominated the shot clock tonight".
Especially not on home ice.
Anaheim Ducks' Antoine Vermette (50) celebrates with Josh Manson (42) and Ryan Kesler (17) after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators during the third period of Game 2 of the Western Conference final in the National Hockey League hocke.
It gave the Predators a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.
"Obviously when you're out there, you want to help the team", Forsberg said.
"That's really it", Ekholm said.
"We have our fans standing up the whole third period literally and cheering us on".
Nashville tied the game 1-1 with 16:06 left in the third when Filip Forsberg scored his team-leading sixth goal of the postseason.
Nashville battled back to win Tuesday, with defenseman Roman Josi scoring the game-winning goal with 2:43 left in the third period on a power play.
The Predators have been a model of consistency while going 9-2 in the post-season, and they think much of the credit should be placed on a defensive corps that might be the best in the playoffs.
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In an downtown atmosphere never seen before, the Predators came out buzzing, firing shot after shot only to be turned away time and time again by Ducks' goaltender John Gibson.
"Gibby played well for us", Perry said. We were watching the Preds game actually after Jason's show...
Game 4 is Thursday night in Nashville. Forsberg has six goals and five assists in 13 playoff contests. When officials first waved off a would-be goal by Colton Sissons at 6:25 and then Ryan Johansen's goal at 6:33, fans started tossing towels onto the ice.
Two wins from the first NHL Stanley Cup Final in Nashville history, the Predators have all the makings of a team of destiny. Luckily for Nashville, defenceman Mattias Ekholm knocked the net off before the puck could cross the line.
With the series tied at one game apiece, the two teams now head to Ottawa for Game 3 on Wednesday night.
"We did a good job", Josi said. "We know what we can do in the room".
The Predators came in waves, shots coming in torrents, though Ducks coach Randy Carlyle was skeptical of the 40-20 count.
They have made the most of the opportunities they've had to play at home, though. Pekka should bounce back nicely in Game 3.
Keith Urban performed the national anthem, the latest country star to take a turn, and his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, joined him in the stands decked out in her own Predators' sweater. After the overtime heroics that lifted Nashville over Anaheim to open the series, the Ducks responded with a physical, overwhelming game on Sunday.
"You feel like you could have saved that one", Rinne said. "And we received the game a lot".
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